Page: Conversation with Sessions about Russian Federation trip was 'a brief comment'

  • Page: Conversation with Sessions about Russian Federation trip was 'a brief comment'

Page: Conversation with Sessions about Russian Federation trip was 'a brief comment'

"I would think that Carter page aspect of this is... troubling", Wallace said.

Page also told Tapper that he was not in the March 2016 meeting where Papadopoulos initially suggested the Russian Federation meeting.

Earlier this week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign official Rick Gates surrendered to special counsel Robert Mueller, and another former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump was also non-committal in response to a question about whether he would fire attorney-general Jeff Sessions, who he has criticised for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian efforts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The revelations that Sessions may have made false statements under oath riled many top Democrats, especially Franken.

During his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions denied any knowledge that members of the Trump campaign communicated with Russian officials. Jeff Sessions, when he said "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President [Vladimir] Putin".

However, CNN reported on Thursday that John Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican, who serves on the intelligence and judiciary committees, said that he had been unaware that Sessions was at the meeting.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) demanded that Sessions clarify his past statements and Sen. But on Thursday, the person familiar with Sessions' recollections said, "the attorney general has no clear recollection of this person". "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians".

"He now needs to come back before the Committee, in person, under oath, to explain why he can not seem to provide truthful, complete answers to these important and relevant questions", Leahy, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told The New York Times.

"I'm not aware of any of those activities", said Sessions in an indirect response to Franken's question. Leahy asked Sessions later that month if the attorney general had "been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election".

Following the Post report, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation probes - an action that infuriated Trump.

"What happens if you get a new Attorney General - and the Democrats can't blame the president because they are the ones pushing them out - and then this new guy comes and says, 'Guess what?"